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Systems and methods for the detection of transmission facilities

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Systems and methods for the detection of transmission facilities


A method of detecting a transmitting device within an obstruction rich environment is disclosed. The method may involve detecting the transmitting device with a wireless transmission detection facility; communicating signal information relating to the detected transmitting device from the wireless transmission detection facility to a central unit; determining the location of the transmitting device; displaying information of the detection and location of the transmitting device through a user interface; and providing an action facility for causing actions related to the detected transmitting device.
Related Terms: Obstruction User Interface Wireless

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Inventors: Joseph S. Noonan, Barry R. Nadler, Julius R. Insler
USPTO Applicaton #: #20130012205 - Class: 4554351 (USPTO) - 01/10/13 - Class 455 
Telecommunications > Radiotelephone System >Zoned Or Cellular Telephone System >Registration

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130012205, Systems and methods for the detection of transmission facilities.

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CLAIM OF PRIORITY

This application claims the benefit of the earlier filing date, pursuant to 35 USC §120, as a Continuation of that patent application entitled “Systems and Methods for Detection of Transmission Facilities,” filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Jul. 27, 2009 and afforded Ser. No. 12/510,006, which claims the benefit as a continuation of that patent application entitled “Systems and Methods for Detection of Transmission Facilities,” filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Jul. 14, 2006 and afforded Ser. No. 11/457,786, which claims the benefit of the filing dates, pursuant to 35 USC 119, to U.S. Provisional App. No. 60/699,281 filed on Jul. 14, 2005 and U.S. Provisional App. No. 60/739,877 filed on Nov. 23, 2005. This application is further claims the benefit of the earlier filing date, pursuant to 35 USC 119, to that provisional patent application, entitled “System and Method of Detection of Transmission Facilities”, “filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Jun. 19, 2010 and afforded Ser. No. 61/356,556. The entire content of these applications being incorporated by reference, herein.

BACKGROUND

1. Field of the Invention

This invention relates to location of transmission facilities and more particularly to the location of transmission facilities, such as cellular phones, in correctional institutions and controlling their use.

2. Background

There are many facilities, such as government buildings, and in particular correctional facilities, such as prisons, that do not permit cellular phone usage on the premises or even possession of cell phones in the premises. Finding and preventing usage of cell phones and other transmission facilities is difficult, and a need exists for improved methods of locating such devices, as well as a need for detecting such devices upon ingress to a facility.

SUMMARY

Provided herein are methods and systems for locating transmission facilities such as cell phones, mobile phones, satellite phones, radios, transmitters, PDAs, beepers, pagers, walkie-talkies, email devices, instant messenger devices, voice over IP devices, and other types of wireless communication or transmission facilities, and when necessary controlling such transmission facilities.

Embodiments relate to locating and managing the use and presence of wireless communication facilities. Embodiments relate to detecting such devices when they transmit a signal. Other embodiments relate to detecting non-active transmission facilities.

In certain embodiments the methods and systems disclosed herein include methods and systems for detecting a transmitting device within an obstruction rich environment. The methods and systems may include detecting the transmitting device with a wireless transmission detection facility; communicating signal information relating to the detected transmitting device from the wireless transmission detection facility to a central unit; determining the location of the transmitting device; displaying information of the detection and location of the transmitting device through a user interface; and providing an action facility for causing actions related to the detected transmitting device. In embodiments, the wireless transmission detection facility is an antenna. In embodiments, the antenna is a dual dipole embedded antenna. In embodiments, the dual dipole embedded antenna is tuned to receive cell phone transmissions. In embodiments the dual dipole embedded antenna is tuned to receive a frequency band of approximately 700 to 950 MHz. In embodiments the dual dipole embedded antenna is tuned to receive a frequency band of approximately 1.7 to 2.0 GHz. In embodiments the dual dipole antenna is tuned to receive signals in frequency bands of approximately 700 to 950 MHz and 1.7 to 2.0 GHz. In embodiments the obstruction rich environment is a correctional facility. In embodiments the obstruction rich environment is a mall. In embodiments communicating the information relating to the detected transmitting device from the wireless transmission detection facility to a central unit involves wireless communications. In embodiments the wireless communications are 802.11 communications. In embodiments determining the location of the transmitting device is accomplished through transmission triangulation. In embodiments location of the transmitting device is accomplished through a known location of a single antenna.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF FIGURES

The systems and methods described herein may be understood by reference to the following figures:

FIG. 1 shows a transmission detection, identification, and reporting system.

FIG. 2 illustrates a system for detecting a transmission facility

FIG. 3 illustrates antenna configurations.

FIG. 4 illustrates a system for detecting a transmission facility in a cell environment.

FIG. 5 shows a system for detecting a transmission facility in a cell environment.

FIG. 6 illustrates a block diagram relating to actions taken when detecting transmission facilities.

FIG. 7 shows a transmission facility detection system wherein an antenna array is used to calculate location.

FIG. 8 shows a transmission facility detection system wherein a signal source is differentiated between two adjacent rooms.

FIG. 9 illustrates a transmission facility detection system wherein multiple antennas are used to identify the location of a signal source after an omni-directional antenna has detected its presence.

FIG. 10 shows a schematic diagram of a system for detecting signals of a transmission facility.



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Application #
US 20130012205 A1
Publish Date
01/10/2013
Document #
13603477
File Date
09/05/2012
USPTO Class
4554351
Other USPTO Classes
455438
International Class
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Drawings
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Obstruction
User Interface
Wireless


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